Tuesday’s business headlines

The latest business headlines

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Here’s a look at Tuesday’s business headlines.

Bar Louie

Bar Louie, a restaurant chain known for its cocktails and burgers, has filed for bankruptcy and closed dozens of locations.

The chain has more than 90 locations across the United States. It recently shuttered 38 underperforming locations to “strengthen its operational and financial position.”

Many of its locations are near malls, which are facing problems of their own as customers shift their habits to online shopping.

Emoji license plates

A bill introduced in Vermont would allow emojis to be included in vanity license plates.

The bill proposes adding six emojis to the list of approved characters, although it doesn’t specify which ones.

If it passes, Vermont would become the first U.S. state to allow the images.

Hand sanitizers

The USDA is giving the maker of Purell products a stern warning: stop making unproven claims that over-the-counter hand sanitizers help eliminate Ebola, MRSA or the flu.

The products at issue include Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Gentle & Free Foam.

The agency said it was not aware of any hand sanitizers that have been tested against Ebola viruses, including Purell’s products.

IRS scams

You need to be on high alert for cons that target taxpayers now that the 2020 tax season has started.

Cyber security experts say criminals are so sophisticated these days and all the data breaches arm them with lots of information.

Fraudsters use people’s fear of the IRS to steal their money or identity, and they especially prey on older Americans.